Put away the brooms, Lakers fans! Visions of a sweep are officially dead.
The Nuggets got out to an early lead Friday night in Denver, and parlayed that hot start into a 99-84 win. As has been the case in all three games, Denver crushed on the offensive glass, and rebounding was probably the single biggest reason the hosts controlled the game from nearly start to finish. That, and defense. The Nuggets played some, while the Lakers only periodically bothered, especially in the first quarter, and especially when it came to protecting the rim. Thus, Ty Lawson did his thing, and JaVale McGee suddenly became a factor.
On tonight's show, we detail the ginormous hole the Lakers put themselves in thanks to a lackluster start, as well as...
A tale of two halves for Andrew Bynum. Scoreless in the first, dominant in the third, worn out by the end.
Tough sledding for Kobe Bryant, who continues to struggle offensively at the Pepsi Center. Was his 7-of-23 a blip in the series, or the start of a trend?
Limited help from the supporting cast. There were no "wild cards," as George Karl put it before Game 1.
Questions about the limited burn for Devin Ebanks. Would it have hurt to have him on the floor more than 16 minutes?
That, plus some funky, funky timpani!